The Transylvania Times -

By David Whitmire
Headwaters Outfitters 

Rock Snot And Other Stream Invasives


Last updated 5/23/2016 at 7:23pm

Headwaters Outfitters fly fishing guides Ryan Kauffman and Chris Franzen cleaning gear to help prevent invasive stream organisms from spreading. Slowing the spread of Rock Snot and other species is important for river vitality. (Photos courtesy of Headwaters Outfitters)

The name speaks for itself when encountered. The scientific name, Didymosphenia geminata, or commonly known as didymo or rock snot, is one of the latest invasive organism to threaten our pristine mountain trout waters. Found and identified last fall

by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission on the Tuckaseegee River in Jackson County, rock snot is a clear warning that precautions need to be looked at. Although it is not considered a human health risk, it can affect stream habitats and food sources for fish and other river creatures. It also can make many recreation experiences unpleasant....

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